Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects more than 10% of children and often continues into adulthood.  Studies have shown that ADHD can stem from a non-adaptive nervous system.  These misfires between the brain and body can cause many challenges, including behavior, focus, emotional turmoil, forgetfulness, and lack of sleep. Many patients manage their condition with medication, although current studies are investigating how the adaptability of the autonomic nervous system can better help those who struggle with ADHD.

 

Misalignment in the spine can cause further dysfunction and neurological disconnection.  Neurologically based chiropractic care helps to restore proper function by remedying subluxation, which is the interference of the nervous system due to spinal misalignment.  A better functioning nervous system means better overall health, and without subluxation, our bodies can function the way God intended!

 

 

“I thought it would help some, but I never imagined it would help as much as it has!”

 

For most of my life, I’ve suffered with ADHD. I’ve taken many different types of medication, but nothing was helping me. My wife and I met Dr. Micheal at a health fair and he spoke with us about how with Neurologically Based Chiropractic care, our bodies would start to function better. After a few months of adjustments with Dr. Micheal, I was able to go off the Ritalin and Adderall I was on, and I’m doing great now! Through time and repetition, Neurologically-Based Chiropractic adjustments have helped me sleep better, plus, my low back pain and asthma are gone as well. We love coming to the office, the staff are very professional and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend Dr. Micheal, he’s helped me and my family. -Josh

 

“Anyone with ADD or ADHD who wants to find an alternative to drugs and chemicals should give this kind of chiropractic care a try!”

 

I have always had trouble focusing and staying on task, along with trouble sitting still, and general procrastination.  When I was a kid, I took Ritalin and/or Adderall.  This helped, but I did not like the way the medicine made me feel.

 

I was a bit hesitant when I heard chiropractic care could help with ADD/ADHD, but knew I didn’t want to take medicine again, so I gave it a try.  Anyone with ADD or ADHD who wants to find an alternative to drugs and chemicals should give this kind of chiropractic care a try!  I can see improvement to my ability to focus more and more after each visit.

 

My back pain was gone within a month; my neck pain was gone within about a month and a half, and my ADHD was noticeable getting better within two visits!  After five visits, my coworkers could notice the change in my behavior as well.

 

The office is beautiful and inviting, along with the whole Integral Chiropractic Team!

Dr. Micheal breaks everything down in a way that is easy for everyone to understand, which made me feel more comfortable.  I recommend chiropractic care, because taking care of yourself before something becomes a problem is always beneficial.

– Michelle

 

 

Sources:

 

Robe, A., Dobrean, A., Cristea, I. A., Passarelu, C. R., & Predescu, E. (2019).  Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and task-related heart rate variability: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Neuroscience & Biobehavorial Reviews, 99, 11-22. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.01.022.

Fairest, C., B. Chiro, & Russell, D., BSc (Psych), BSc (Chiro), Cert TT. (2019). Improvement in behavior and attention in a 7-year-old girl with ADHD receiving chiropractic care: A case report and review of the literature. Retrieved from http://jccponline.com/ADHD.html.

 

https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/signs#unfinished-tasks

 

 

 

 

Spinal Degeneration is an often painful condition that erodes the spine’s ability to handle stress. The discs begin to lose water content that should be present to absorb shock during motion. While almost everyone experiences some level of degeneration after 40 due to the everyday wear and tear of life, the degeneration can be accelerated in those who have overly strained their spine. Some patients with spinal degeneration may eventually begin to experience numbness and tingling in the arms or legs in addition to back pain.

 

Prolonged spinal degeneration can significantly contribute to Multiple Sclerosis due to the altering of fluid flow between the spinal cord and brain. MS is also associated with disc dehydration, posterior disc protrusion, and abnormal posture. Recent research shows that 60% of people over 50 have some degree of degeneration. Chiropractic care can help restore proper function of the spinal column even with the presence of degeneration. Many patients with MS have seen much improvement in their condition with regular chiropractic adjustments!

 

“With consistent care my spurs, bulging disc and disc degeneration disappeared.”

I have suffered from severe chronic disc degeneration, spur complexes and a bulging disc for years. I tried physical therapy, other chiropractors and acupuncture with no change. Any medications I tried offered no relief.

I definitely had my doubts about coming to another chiropractic office, especially since I tried it before and didn’t see any results. I was reluctant to give it a chance, but I was desperate to get rid of the pain. Dr. Micheal was very patient and understanding with me. Everyone in the office was beyond nice. I decided to start care and see if I noticed improvement. After consistent care I noticed huge results. I could bend over and walk up stairs without pain in my back or legs. I no longer woke up with back pain and my MRI results came back as stable and near normal. My bulging disc, spurs and disc degeneration that I was previously diagnosed with had disappeared according to my MRI!

The whole office is very informed and knowledgeable.  I would definitely recommend chiropractic care to others.

– Trinell

 

Sources:

 

Xydis Vasileiios G, Zikou Anastasia K, Kistadima Vassiliki, Astrakas Loukas G, Kosta Paraskevi, Argyropoulou Maria I. (2017). The association between multiple sclerosis and spondylosis: When and why. European Journal of Radiology http:/dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrad.2017.03.017

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16912-degenerative-back-conditions

https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-conditions/back-neck-and-spine/degenerative-disc-disease/symptoms.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neurologically based chiropractic care seeks to get to the root cause of the health concern, not just the surface symptom.  Unfortunately, when pain is severe, it’s difficult to see past just getting the pain to go away.  This rings especially true for patients that suffer with fibromyalgia.

 

This disorder is a chronic, musculoskeletal  pain that includes sleep issues, anxiety, depression, and memory problems.  Patients with fibromyalgia experience an increased sensitivity to painful stimuli, and research shows that the root of fibromyalgia comes from unbalanced activity in the spinal cord.

 

Chiropractors have been researching and working with the function of the central nervous system for over 120 years! Neurologically based chiropractic care has been shown to improve the nerve activity that causes fibromyalgia. One study showed that 120 patients who included chiropractic in their treatment for 12 weeks saw greater improvement in their pain and other symptoms than those who didn’t implement chiropractic care.  Those improvements were still present even a year later!

 

Adding specific, scientific, chiropractic care can help patients regain the freedom, health, and pain free life they wish to live.

 

“Very impressed with Dr. Micheal. I feel better mentally and physically.”

I’ve had severe pain for years now. I had severe pain in my back, neck, ringing in my ears, chronic fatigue and numbness in my legs, arms and feet. Some days it was hard for me to function properly because of the pain. I would find a temporary fix with physical therapy and I tried seeing an orthopedic doctor, neurologist and rheumatologist. When I first heard of chiropractic care, I was skeptical with the methods of treatment and had my doubts. But overtime, I was satisfied with my progress and started noticing less pain. The office environment is excellent, and the staff is always so joyful and uplifting. My husband started care and has also noticed less pain, improvement in his walking and more energy.
I would most definitely recommend neurologically based chiropractic care to others who are sick, suffering, or in pain. I love the way they educate you so you can understand what they do to help you! – Ginger

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Mosutafa, I.M., & Diab, A. A. (2015) The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: A randomized controlled trial: Rheumatology International, 35(7), 1163-1174. doi:10. 1007/s00296-015-3248-7

Martucci, K. T., weber, K. A., & Mackey, S. C. (2018).Altered Cervical Spinal Cord Resting State Activity in Fibromyalgia. Arthritis & Rheumatology. doi:10.1002/art.40746

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/symptoms-causes/syc-20354780

 

Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability all over the world, causing financial and physical stress to those it affects. It’s important to think about all facets of pain, such as the areas affected, the source, and the depth; patients in pain need care plans that meet their needs for all areas affected, and neurologically based chiropractic care can help determine and treat pain at its source.

 

Suffering from back pain can be quite the challenge! Research has shown that patients with low back pain can benefit from not only surgery, but chiropractic care as well. Out of 67 patients with low back pain and over a period of two years, 41 suffered from low back pain for more than a year, and 12 had already been through a spinal surgery. After time and repetition of chiropractic care, these patients saw a 23% improvement in back pain after only one week of care. That number rose to 47% after one month!

 

People in pain need a solution, and neurologically based chiropractic care gives more than a “quick fix”; it gives the patient time to heal.

 

 

“I was ready for an answer without drugs or surgery.”

 

I have scoliosis and reverse cervical lordosis. I have struggled with both for years. I have had lots of tightness and pain in my neck, shoulders and back. In the last year it was severe, to the point of resorting to surgery if needed. I tried orthopedic shots but those only lasted for a few months till the pain came back. I also tried medications which helped but it didn’t heal the problem. I had my doubts about chiropractic care helping but I was ready to try anything. Thank God I said yes because after three years of pain I noticed 60% of relief after three visits. My first impression of the office and Dr. Micheal was God sent. I was looking for an answer without surgery or drugs. As time went on a lot of things got better. Sometimes the pain would move but resolve quickly. I have multiple family members who started coming as well. They have seen positive results and have experienced better sleep and mobility. The office is so encouraging, and they work well with my schedule. I would definitely recommend neurologically based chiropractic care to anyone who is wanting to give their body a chance to heal.

– Rachel

 

We are blessed to live in a time where modern medicine is readily available and often lifesaving!  It is important to remember though that medications do have side effects, and we must weigh the positive and negative effects of using medication.  Many decide to view medication as a priority rather than a last resort.

 

Acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics are prescribed often to people of all ages to treat several different symptoms. Unfortunately, in infants and younger patients, these drugs often do more harm than good.  Research has found that acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics that were given to infants in the first six months often developed allergic disease, including asthma, allergic rhinitis, anaphylaxis, contact dermatitis, food allergies, medication allergies, and allergic conjunctivitis.  It may be worth the effort to choose a more natural path first, as these medical issues can remain in the body for life!

 

For example, research supports amazing benefits of chiropractic care for digestive issues in infants such as GERD or reflux. Yes, medication is valuable when absolutely needed – but it shouldn’t necessarily be our go-to every time.  Instead of treating symptoms, chiropractic care creates the healthiest environment so every muscle, cell, organ, and tissue can function as God intended.

 

At Integral Chiropractic Co., this is Jaden’s story:

Ever since little Jaden was born, he has suffered with having dry, irritated skin with red patches all over his body. It would range from mild to severe where some patches would come and go while others would remain. His pediatrician prescribed steroid creams which resulted in zero results. Nothing helped his skin until his parents understood that neurologically based chiropractic care works to remove nerve interference which affects the whole body, even skin. Ashlee and Josh started bringing Jaden in regularly for adjustments when he was 14 months old. After his first adjustment, his parents noticed the patches started to fade. Then after just his second adjustment, his skin cleared up and seemed as if he had never had eczema before! One month is all it took for Jaden’s parents to know his little body was functioning better by seeing the outward symptoms disappear. Ashlee and Josh see the value in chiropractic care for the whole family. They are under regular care as well and have seen great results for themselves too!

 

When most people think of chiropractic care, they imagine seeking it out to deal with aches and pains, particularly things like back pain and stiffness in the neck. What you may not know is that chiropractic care can offer many other health benefits, including relief for things like coughs, colds, the flu, and other viruses. Additionally, receiving regular adjustments from a Johnson City chiropractor can do more than just relieve symptoms, as it can also help prevent illnesses in the first place. Chiropractic care focuses on influencing the central nervous system, which is directly connected to the immune system. This means that by keeping up with a schedule of regular adjustments, not only can you soothe aches and pains, but you will be able to keep your body healthier overall.

The Nervous System & Immune Strength

The primary focus of chiropractic care is the spine and spinal cord, which is a part of the central nervous system and allows nerve communication throughout the body. The central nervous system uses its channels to send messages to the immune system when there is threat of illness, triggering white blood cell production and a release of antibodies. If there is an issue in this communication, such as a misalignment of the spine, the effectiveness of the immune system can be drastically lowered, leaving you susceptible to illnesses. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to raise antibodies, which are the molecules that fight off bacteria and viruses. Visiting Dr. Micheal Bryan at Integral Health Chiropractic for a gentle adjustment can give your body the resources it needs to fight off illness and recover quickly if you do get sick.

Improved Immune Function

If you’ve already fallen ill, you’ll find relief in the ability to alleviate coughing, sneezing, and other symptoms, and you may be glad to reduce your dependence on pharmaceuticals. Ideally, you may even be able to prevent these ailments from taking place at all. In some cases, chiropractic care can even offer improved quality of life for those suffering from chronic diseases. One illness that severely affects the immune system is HIV; in one study, two young siblings with HIV exhibited a large number of symptoms as a result of their immunodeficiency, such as chronic infections, an inability to eat solid food, and needing a cane to walk. When these siblings received regular chiropractic care, they were able to begin eating solid food and other chronic symptoms subsided. They also saw a decrease in their viral load, a major victory for those with HIV.  These positive outcomes were attributed to chiropractic care’s effect on their immune systems.

Chiropractic Care for Overall Health

Whether you suffer from a chronic illness, have symptoms of something more acute, or simply want to prevent any illnesses, chiropractic care is an effective method for maintaining health and immune function. The team at Integral Chiropractic can offer gentle adjustments to ensure your central nervous system is keeping your body healthy. Schedule your first appointment with Dr. Micheal Bryan today to begin your journey towards improved immune system health.

 

Sources

Koren, T. “Immune System Function.” World Chiropractic Today. http://www.worldchiropractictoday.com/Immune_System_Function.htm

Teodorczyk-Injeyan, J. A., McGregor, M., Ruegg, R., & Injeyan, H. S. (2010). Interleukin 2-regulated in vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects. Chiropractic & Osteopathy.18-26 http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Interleukin_2_regulated.shtml

If you have a baby, you know it can sometimes be hard to determine what their crying means. They use crying to communicate when they are hungry, tired, need a diaper change, or just want to be held. While this is normal behavior, some babies cry for a very long time and are inconsolable, which is a sign they may be suffering from colic. In addition to crying, a baby with colic may flex their legs, tense their abs, and clench their fists during crying fits; these crying fits can last hours and often can’t be alleviated with any normal solutions. Most colic kicks in around three weeks and ends around three months, but this can vary from baby to baby. If you are seeking relief for your baby’s colic, seeing a Johnson City chiropractor may offer the help you are looking for.

What Helps Colic?

Colic doesn’t have a known cause, making it difficult to treat and identify. Many doctors recommend specific positions, diets, or medications to help alleviate symptoms, but their results will differ from baby to baby. However, chiropractic care can be a great option to bring relief to your baby. The light pressure of an adjustment can reduce stiffness and locked joints caused by colic, and overall health may improve from the elimination of any spinal misalignments. Because chiropractic care addresses the central nervous system, which controls all other systems in your baby’s body, its proper functioning can improve many ailments. Many believe that colic is related to intestinal or stomach issues, which chiropractic care can improve. A gentle adjustment at Integral Chiropractic in Johnson City may provide relief for your baby and yourself.

Chiropractic Care for Colic

In multiple studies, it has been shown that colic is improved with the introduction of chiropractic care. One study follows two groups of babies with colic, one receiving chiropractic care and the other not. The babies who received chiropractic care were twice as likely to cry less during the day and to sleep better at night. Not only did they have fewer symptoms of colic, but the benefits carried into their toddler stages as well, where they slept better and had fewer temper tantrums. Another study showed that out of 104 colicky babies, those who underwent chiropractic adjustments experienced decreased crying during the daytime. Many mothers report instant relief after a chiropractic adjustment, where their usually inconsolable baby will lie peacefully in their arms.

While some parents are hesitant to bring their child to a chiropractor, the specific and gentle adjustments are incredibly safe and effective for infants. Dr. Micheal Bryan and the team at Integral Chiropractic are extremely gentle in their approach with young practice members, focusing on light pressure and gentle impulses to the baby’s spine. Adjustments in infants are aimed at restoring motion to stiff joints and improving overall health in your child.

If your child seems to be colicky, make an appointment today with Dr. Micheal to begin alleviating the symptoms. Integral Chiropractic serves Johnson City, Kingsport, Jonesborough, and Greenville, TN.

 

 

Sources

Miller, J.E., Phillips, H.L. “Long-term Effects of Infant Colic: A Survey Comparison of Chiropractic Treatment and Nontreatment Groups.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2009 Oct; 32(8): 635-8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19836599.

Miller, J.E., Newell, D., Bolton, J.E. “Efficacy of Chiropractic Manual Therapy on Infant Colic: A Pragmatic Single-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2012 Oct; 35(8): 600-607. https://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(12)00161-3/abstract?code=ymmt-site.

Allergies are the most common health issue for children in the United States, with around 40% of children suffering from symptoms. Overall, about 50 million Americans today suffer from allergies and allergic diseases, with this number rising steadily. While some view allergies as nothing but a mild inconvenience, they can have a severe impact on quality of life and have a variety of presentations. The most recognizable is Hay Fever, which typically displays as itchy and watery eyes, a sore throat, sneezing, and coughing. When you take into account food allergies, there are even more ways that allergies can have an effect on daily life. Since allergies have no cure, only preventative measures and treating symptoms are available as options for those with allergies. Rather than relying on medication, many find that being under chiropractic care with Dr. Micheal Bryan is a safe and effective way to manage symptoms and eliminate troubles with allergies.

What Is an Allergy?

Simply put, an allergy is the body’s hypersensitive reaction to a substance or stimulus. Your body views the allergen as a threat and attempts to combat the threat by manifesting symptoms. This is actually your immune system producing an antibody called immunoglobin E (IgE) when confronted with the stimulant. Depending on what triggers the allergy, the body’s reaction will differ, ranging from mild to life threatening depending on the severity and the type of exposure. There is no widely known root cause of allergies, though various factors like stress and anxiety have been shown to play a role in not only causing allergies, but prolonging their effects. While symptoms are most often noticed in children, allergies can affect people of any age and can vary greatly in severity. Most people manage these symptoms with medications, sprays, or creams as needed, but there are more natural methods that can be more effective with fewer side effects.

Chiropractic Care and Allergies

The central nervous system and the immune system are tightly linked to one another, meaning that an issue in one is likely to affect the other. This means that a misalignment in the spine can cause not only dysfunction in nerve communication, but can also negatively affect the immune system as well. If the immune system is compromised in this way, it may lead to more allergies and food sensitivities.

By focusing on the link between the immune and central nervous systems, chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the severity of allergy symptoms. By carefully assessing and adjusting the spine, a Johnson City chiropractor can alleviate any misalignments that may be causing issues that weaken the immune system.  Case studies indicate that this is effective, particularly in pediatric chiropractic settings. One study showed that one young boy saw a reduction in symptoms within two weeks and they were nearly eliminated after a month.

At Integral Chiropractic, the focus is on your overall health. Dr. Micheal Bryan will work to address any spinal misalignments present, which can lead to a reduction in allergy symptoms. Serving Johnson City, Kingsport, Jonesborough, and Greeneville, Integral Chiropractic looks forward to your first visit and helping to improve your allergies.

 

 

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Alcantara, J. and Van Roo, L., 2008. The chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with asthma, allergies, and chronic colds. European Journal of Integrative Medicine1, p.12. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/chiropractic-care-of-a-pediatric-patient-with-asthma-allergies-chronic-colds-a-vertebral-subluxation.html.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Allergy Facts. http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies

Jamison, J., 1999. Stress: the chiropractic patients’ self-perceptions. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics22(6), pp.395-398. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10478772.

Takeda, Y., Arai, S. “Relationship between Vertebral Deformities and Allergic Diseases.” The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2003 Volume 2 Number 1. http://ispub.com/IJOS/2/1/8061.

Nearly 10% of the United States population is suffering from diabetes, and another one-third of the population has been diagnosed with prediabetes. Particularly when taking these numbers into account, diabetes is a very serious health issue and can be debilitating to those living with the disease. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 is caused by a natural lack of insulin and Type 2 is caused by a poor reaction to insulin. In both cases, however, diabetes is ultimately about high blood sugar levels that can result in chronic and acute health problems. For most people, treating diabetes involves monitoring their nutrition and exercise levels, as well as taking medication and doing insulin injections. Since there is no cure, managing diabetes can be an overwhelming and expensive burden. You may be surprised to learn that a Johnson City chiropractor can offer safe and natural chiropractic care that can lead to a better quality of life for diabetics and can sometimes even help individuals to get rid of diabetes completely.

Preventing Diabetes

While Type 1 diabetes often begins due to genetic factors, Type 2 can be directly caused by particular behaviors. The most significant risk factors for Type 2, which is more common, include being inactive and being overweight. By eating a healthy diet and maintaining an active lifestyle, you can prevent diabetes and encourage the same in others. The goal of these actions is to improve optimal functioning of your body, including things like the metabolic and digestive systems, which can also be improved under the care of Dr. Micheal Bryan and regular chiropractic adjustments. Diabetes can lead to other health issues, particularly in the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and feet, and seeking preventative care for diabetes can also be a first step toward preventing these related ailments.

Improving Diabetes Outcomes

Because diabetes is tied to overall health, chiropractic care can have a positive effect on the disease in many ways. A 2011 study showed that in a child with Type 1 diabetes, regular chiropractic care led to a decrease in unhealthy blood sugar levels. Similar results were shown in a study of a 46-year-old whose diabetes and associated chronic pain were improved with chiropractic care. While diabetics will likely still rely on medication for insulin regulation, the safe and natural care of a chiropractor can often alleviate related symptoms that require additional medications. In some instances, however, positive lifestyle changes paired with chiropractic can actually reverse diabetes and eliminate it from the list of health concerns. Chiropractic care is about wellness, but it also helps the body function better and regulate processes more effectively. Additionally, focusing on the seventh thoracic vertebra, also known as T7, can have a direct effect on diabetes, as the vertebra connects directly to the pancreas. Even a small misalignment here can have major effects on the body, but a chiropractic adjustment can help significantly.

Whether you are trying to prevent diabetes, address prediabetes, or manage Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, scheduling an appointment with Dr. Micheal Bryan at Integral Chiropractic is the first step toward better health.

 

Sources

Sudano, N., Robinson-Leblanc, D. “Improved A1C Levels in a Patient with Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Report.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health, 2011; 4: 120-124. https://chiropracticpediatrics.sharepoint.com/Pages/2011_1087_diabetes.aspx.

Valli, J. “Chiropractic Management of a 46-Year-Old Type 1 Diabetic Patient with Upper Crossed Syndrome and Adhesive Capsulitis.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2004 Fall; 3(4): 138-144. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647023/.

Today, high blood pressure is an extremely common ailment with about 70 million Americans reporting that they suffer from hypertension—that’s 1 out of every 3 people. Each year, almost half a million deaths are directly linked to high blood pressure, with the issue also being a factor in many other conditions, such as strokes and heart disease. Behaviors such as poor diet and lack of exercise often contribute to the problem. Keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level can be a matter of life or death, and in Johnson City, Tennessee, Integral Chiropractic and Dr. Micheal Bryan can help you address any concerns with hypertension.

What Is Blood Pressure?

Simply put, blood pressure is the force that pushes blood against the walls of the blood vessels. In order for your organs to function properly, your circulatory system requires oxygenated blood to flow. This can be measured by blood pressure, which is split into a systolic and a diastolic number, with the average being 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic.) The systolic number represents the force used when the heart pumps blood, and the diastolic number is the force exerted by the heart when resting between beats. Left unchecked, high blood pressure can lead to tears in artery walls, buildup of plaque from cholesterol, and exacerbated hypertension over time. It can also lead to stroke, heart attacks, and many other serious health issues.

Managing Hypertension

In most cases, high blood pressure will be addressed using medications, including blood thinners. These methods have a low success rate, and where they do work, they can be expensive and come with undesirable side effects.  Additionally, while they may lower the symptoms of blood pressure, medications do not alleviate the underlying cause and can leave room for other related conditions to develop. For those seeking to address hypertension once and for all, a Johnson City chiropractor may offer an alternative to more traditional treatments.

How Chiropractic Can Help

Multiple studies have shown a strong correlation between high blood pressure and the atlas vertebra, which is the vertebra located at the very top of the spinal column. It is solely responsible for communication pathways that control the cardiovascular system. A misalignment of the spine can lead to arteries contracting, leading to blood flow at the base of the skull that push blood vessel walls forcefully, and therefore causing high blood pressure.  An adjustment by Dr. Micheal Bryan can remove misalignments and reinstate proper blood flow.

A 2007 case study from the University of Chicago looked at 50 people with high blood pressure and, over the course of 8 weeks, gave some individuals real chiropractic adjustments and others placebo adjustments. Those receiving true adjustments were able to lower their blood pressure so significantly that doctors concluded it would take two medications to see the same results.

If you are suffering from hypertension, chiropractic care is a proven method to help. Contact Dr. Micheal Bryan at Integral Chiropractic today to schedule a consultation.

 

Sources

Bakris, G.L., Dickholtz, M., Meyer, P., Kravitz, G., Avery, E., Miller, M. Brown, J. Woodfield, C., Bell, B.M. “Atlas Vertebra Realignment and Achievement of Arterial Pressure Goal in Hypertensive Patients: A Pilot Study.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2007 Oct: 1-9. http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Atlas_Vertebra_Realignment.shtml.

DeNoon, D.J. “Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure.” WebMD. 2007
Mar. https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood-pressure#1.